The National Cotton Council is currently accepting applications for the next Cotton Leadership Class. NCC will accept applications from qualified U.S. industry members through July 1.

Those interested in applying can visit the Cotton Leadership Program's web Web site at http://leadership.cotton.org to review the program curriculum, eligibility requirements and download the application. The site also includes a contact form which allows users to submit questions, request information and schedule a personal visit with local program alumni.

The 2005-06 class, which will be comprised of four producers and one participant from each of the other six industry segments, will be announced in August.

The NCC's Cotton Leadership Program seeks to identify potential industry leaders and provide them developmental training through this class. During five sessions of activity across the Cotton Belt, class participants visit with industry leaders and observe production, processing and research. They also meet with lawmakers and government agency representatives during a visit to Washington, D.C., and attend the NCC's annual meeting and its mid-year board of directors meeting.

The program, now in its 21st year, is supported by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from DuPont Crop Protection and is managed by NCC's Member Services department‥

For more information, applicants may contact NCC's Member Services at 1-901-274-9030 or their local NCC Member Services representative.